I’ve come to the realisation that my wardrobe needs more colour. I want to spice up my life using colour. I will pop!
The thing is, I know my self well enough to not just go out and randomly buying fabrics and clothes in colour, I need to know what I want, what I look go in and what will go together. So I began studying myself.
Step one: What do I wear and how do I like it?
I took a note from Gillian about creating your own personal colour palette. She focuses on what you wear and how those colours make you feel. I looked through my creations and how I felt in them, narrowing down what colours I like on me. I decided to do one winter and one summer chart, with basics and accents for both.
This are colours I’ve used and enjoy wearing. Enjoy to the degree that I like them AND feel good in them.
Step two: The “science studies”, what colours should flatter me?
Thanks to Sewing for Me! I discovered Cardigan Empire and her easy flow chart to determine your colour season. With the help of that I decided that I am Winter/Cool and Brilliant. Broken down further it beacme clear that I was cool winter and my colour sheet was this one:
Step three: Joining Steps one and two
Combining what I like myself and what I “should” wear makes me see that the colours I like wearing are in fact colours that look good on me. I think there is a connection. Also the colours I don’t like on me are the ones that don’t flatter me. Seeing this chart makes me thinking I should venture into blue territory more and also be bolder. Brighter and bolder!
Step four: Putting it into practice
I do want to print my chart and carry with me when shopping. I really do. I want to put thought into my purchases of fabrics and clothing and make a colourful wardrobe that looks good on me and flatter. It does feel good that I feel good in the colours that flatter me. I won’t stick like a slave to the colour chart, but I will not just go for “that cute print” or “that cheap scrap find”, but rather think of what I want to wear. I also want to do more blue, a colour I’ve avoided for some reason. I liked blue growing up and perhaps it’s time for a revisit, I have many options according to my winter colour palette.
This has really beren an eye-opener!
Do you wear colours that flatter you or colours you like? Or do they, as in my case, coincide?